Thursday, May 22, 2014

Gardening Enthusiast Finds A Special Visitor in the Garden!

What a thrill to find any kind of predator in the garden, but redditor gardening enthusiast moonpurr has an extra novel visitor... a Jackson's Chameleon (Chamaeleo jacksonii, or Trioceros jacksonii)! With an added novelty, this one is pregnant! moonpurr is a resident of Hawaii, where these animals have become a rare spotting due to a few years' running drought, but as the rains return so are they. The Jackson's Chameleon is not a native species to Hawaii, so not having as many might be a good thing. They used to be everywhere in almost every tree, according to moonpurr. They are actually native to the humid, cooler regions of Kenya and Tanzania, East Africa but were introduced to Hawaii through the exotic pet trade.

Despite being non-native to moonpurr's back yard, what an exciting predatory element to the garden. I'm dead jealous!

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